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Young children in Hardin County deserve the best we can give them.
Week of the Young Child, April 22-28, is a time to recognize the needs of young children and thank the adults involved in their education and care. Parents, teachers, child caregivers, and other adults play important roles in the lives of young children, and Week of the Young Child celebrates their efforts.
Early education programs, including preschool, kindergarten, Head Start, First Steps, and Child Care programs, provide crucial learning experiences for many young children. Research shows that high quality early childhood programs help children develop the skills they need to succeed in school, including language, pre-mathematics, and social skills. Supporting these programs is the right choice for the Hardin County community.
We can show support for early learning promoting early literacy programs, thanking teachers and child care professionals who care for our children, and working to ensure that public policies support early learning.
It is essential that we enhance the quality of young children’s lives through early childhood care and education while supporting families.
I personally would like to thank the professional and caring preschool staff in Hardin County Schools. Our 17 preschool teams nurture, care and teach young children every day through thoughtful lesson planning, hands-on, developmentally appropriate activities and even through play. They prepare children for school as they encourage a love of learning.
I also want to thank our kindergarten staff in all our elementary schools in Hardin County. They are dedicated to young children as they plan, implement, differentiate, enrich, remediate, motivate and encourage students every day.
You can make a difference by volunteering at a local school, child care program, or Head Start; educating yourself and others about the importance of quality early childhood education in preparing young children for school; supporting policies that provide quality early learning opportunities for all young children.
Week of the Young Child is a great time for all of us to acknowledge the needs of young children, and work together to build better futures for all children.
Carlena A. Sheeran
Director of Early Childhood
Hardin County Schools